Spinball Whizzer

Roller coaster in the United Kingdom
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Spinball Whizzer
Alton Towers
Location Alton, Staffordshire, England, UK
Coordinates 52°59′20″N 1°53′40″W / 52.988945°N 1.894545°W / 52.988945; -1.894545
Status Operating since 27 March 2004
Rider height 120 cm minimum
Manufacturer Maurer Rides
Product Xtended SC 2200
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Spinning
Riders per train 4
Hourly capacity 950
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Area 62 metres × 55 metres
Height 17 metres
Top speed 60 km/h
Length 450 metres
Inversions 0
Duration 1:15

Spinball Whizzer is a steel spinning roller coaster located at Alton Towers in Alton, Staffordshire, England, UK. It was manufactured by Maurer Rides and opened in 2004.


Spinball Whizzer opened on 27 March 2004.[1][2] The ride was loosely based on a giant pinball machine.

In 2010, the roller coaster was repainted and renamed Sonic Spinball as part of a three year partnership with SEGA, which also saw Sonic themed rooms added to the Alton Towers Hotel.[3] This was extended by another three years, with the ride restoring its original theme for the 2016 season.[4] It also received new theme music that year from IMAScore.[5]


Spinball Whizzer is the only Xtended SC 2200 ever built by Maurer.


Single cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 4 riders per car. The two rows sit back-to-back.



  1. "Roller Coaster novelties 2004". Coastersandmore. Retrieved 2022-10-02.
  2. "Spinball Whizzer". TowersStreet.
  3. "SEGA Confirms Alton Towers Tie-In". Nintendo Life.
  4. "The Sonic Spinball Ride at Alton Towers has now Closed". Sonic Stadium.
  5. "Portfolio". IMAScore.

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